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First things first Youth Isaac Nauta Jersey , if you’re unfamiliar with our roundtable or how it works, check out our archive and some of our (relatively) recent discussions:Will Detroit sign Matthew Stafford to a contract extension before the start of 2017?How can the Lions win the NFC North in 2017?Who is the Lions least-replaceable player outside of Matthew Stafford?What are the expectations for Kenny Golladay in his rookie season?Will the Lions be positioned for the playoffs after Week 9?What is the most interesting camp battle in Detroit?Should the Lions’ 53-man roster carry 4 tight ends, or 5 wide receivers?Who is the most valuable draft pick of Bob Quinn’s tenure as Lions GM?Are the Lions contenders or pretenders in the race for the NFC North crown?What a difference a week in the NFL makes, right? Last week we talked about whether or not the Detroit Lions are pretenders or contenders in the NFC North, but after the team’s sure-handed victory over the Dolphins in Miami last week, Detroit finds themselves right in the mix of the division with ten games to go in the season.And as the Pride of Detroit staff was breaking down the tape of some truly special performances from last week, including the best performance of Jarrad Davis’ pro career, and dedicating songs to Kerryon Johnson’s career day on the ground, something happened: the Lions got to snacking.Detroit traded a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft to New York in exchange for Damon Harrison, and it was a move nobody could have anticipated coming down the pipe before next Tuesday’s league trade deadline. With that being said, let’s not waste any more time and get right into our discussion for the week.Does the addition of Damon “Snacks” Harrison make Detroit a playoff team?Ryan Mathews: For someone who was totally in on sending a draft pick to the Arizona Cardinals for the previously believed to be maligned Patrick Peterson, this trade is the best consolation prize I never could have drawn up myself. Sure, it makes sense the Giants would make Harrison available—they’re the tire fire of the NFC if not the NFL—but to get Harrison for just a fifth-round pick when the Lions have extra late-round draft capital in 2019 is a total boon. In short, forget about the talks of Patrick Peterson—who has since said he’s 100 percent focused on being a part of the Cardinals rebuild—and make no mention of trading Golden Tate because this team is clearly all-in on this season (sorry Austin Bryant Detroit Lions Jersey , Kyle). But beyond our collective belief this trade was a great deal by Bob Quinn and Co., what does it mean for the Lions chances to make the playoffs? Jeremy Reisman: After last week’s performance against the Dolphins, I thought this team actually looked like a team capable of making the playoffs—especially in a conference devoid of more than one or two clear contenders. With this move, they are absolutely playoff—and NFC North—contenders.Hamza: IT’S SNACK TIME! I’m usually heavily against giving up draft capital but I really like this move. Immediate impact for a fifth rounder is a solid deal, especially someone like Snacks Harrison. At least four out of the Lions’ next five games will be decided by whether or not they can stop the run, and there couldn’t be a better time for the Lions to acquire Harrison. Kent Lee Platte: Detroit was knocking on the door of being a playoff team when Matt Patricia was hired. After a slow start, many (including myself) questioned if they were built to contend or if the defensive overhaul would take too long. Now at 3-3, with a staggeringly improved run offense, insanely protective offensive line, and improving defense, they go out and grab an anchor. I think the team's improvements made them a dark horse contender, but with things finally coming together and then a fleecing for such a special player, it's hard to avoid calling Lions a true problem in the NFC.John Whiticar: Next time, can the Lions please wait until I’m awake to make a significant move like this? Being on the West Coast is not good for breaking news—though it is good for #PAC12AfterDark. Going back to the Snacks at hand White Isaac Nauta Jersey , this is an incredible trade for the Lions. The weakest point of the defense this season has been the interior, Sylvester Williams in particular. For a team giving up 5.3 yards per carry, Harrison should instantly help clog up the middle. With Jarrad Davis coming off the best game of his career, A’Shawn Robinson rebounding after an early benching, Da’Shawn Hand surging as a rookie, and numerous players getting multi-sack games, this defense is all of a sudden looking pretty good. The question is whether they can maintain their level from the Miami game.Mathews: It’s clear the Lions have been in on this season from the moment Quinn fired Jim Caldwell and said this roster was better than 9-7. Moving up to draft Kerryon, moving up to get Da’Shawn Hand, and now this? Sure, it’s setting them up for future success as well, but doesn’t this seem like a “2018 could be ours if we want it” deal?Jeremy: Okay, if everyone seems to be on board that this move makes the Lions a playoff team (or at the very least a contender), what is something that may hold them back? Because for as hyped as I am about this team right now, I’m not completely convinced they make the postseason. The Lions’ run defense problems weren’t solely on the defensive line Luke Willson Jersey , and they’ll still need good linebacker play. One game does not “fix” Jarrad Davis. Kent: So some devil's advocate here, then. Though I'm on record saying that nose was the weakest spot on the defense, and that's fixed, that shouldn't imply that the defense only had one hole. The linebacker group as a whole have struggled to consistently close gaps along the line and their worst issues have at times been on the edge. Additionally, Darius Slay has struggled in back-to-back games and whoever plays across from Slay has struggled nearly every game. The secondary has been a strength, but they've also felt one small injury from disaster every time they're on the field. Discipline remains an issue in that group, and while playing physical has advantages it can also kill stops on defense if it's not controlled.Hamza: I definitely think this makes a big impact on the team in the long term and, like I mentioned before, will be a deciding factor over several of the next few games. I still haven’t had all my concerns re: Stafford washed away, however. He’s been on fire as of late, especially with that 95 percent adjusted completion percentage against the Dolphins. The numbers can be deceiving, however; just look at the game against the 49ers. While he played a clean game with 3 TDs and no interceptions, he was very visibly off his game for the first 3+ quarters, and I’m really afraid that can show up again Sylvester Williams Jersey , and who knows when? This defense has a bend-but-don’t-break mentality, but there’s been a lot of bending and had it not been for early first quarter leads the last two games, we’d be talking about very different outcomes. If Stafford just isn’t mentally there for the first quarter of some game, you might as well just throw the whole game away. John: This team will always ride-or-die by their offense under Stafford. It’s all up to the defense to limit the damage. We’ve seen a team like Kansas City flourish under an explosive offense despite an awful defense. Truth be told, I think the Lions can be a team like the Chiefs. There’s a lot of talent on this offense. If the acquisition of Harrison can make the Lions defense just average, that could be enough to make the playoffs.Hamza: (something something Stafford finally has a running game.)Lions vs Patriots: What Just Happened? Welcome Lions fans. Some days the football gods just smile upon you, man. The Lions entered Sunday Night Football with everyone against them. Nearly every single analyst and nearly every single fan had the Patriots destroying the Lions on national television... except me, that is. I’ve never been more proud to tell you guys “I told you so.” The Lions went out and shocked the world by beating the defending AFC Champion New England Patriots 26-10. As always, I have thoughts on this game. These are those thoughts. 100 Yards!!Yeah we’re celebrating the most pedestrian of accomplishments tonight. The Lions finally did it. The ghost of Reggie Bush is gone. No more ESPN and Fox graphics coming across the screen to remind us. It’s over. Kerryon Johnson finally got the bulk of the carries on Sunday night and he showed that he could be a big star soon when he ran for 101 yards on 16 carries. He averaged 6.3 yards per carry. No, I’m not kidding about that. Just for tonight, Matthew Stafford is The GOATJust let me have this one. Don’t correct me and don’t tell me it’s wrong. Tonight it’s the real deal. Let’s act like the interception never happened. No, screw that - it did happen. And what made Stafford’s night even more impressive is that he rebounded and kept putting the pressure on the Patriots defense all night. Guys, he completed 75 percent of his passes. Stafford may not be the real GOAT, but when it comes to beating the Patriots on a Sunday night in September Eli Harold Jersey , there’s nobody better. Can we talk about this defense?Seriously think about what this defense just did. This hodgepodge defense put together a complete game and held Tom Brady to under 200 yards and only one touchdown. He completed 53.8 percent of his passes and had a passer rating of 65.1. Your Detroit Lions did that. Darius Slay also came up with this huge pick during a time that all of us were sitting on our couch sweating in fear of the Lions losing this game by some crazy comeback. It keeps getting better. They held the Patriots to just 89 rushing yards. Yes, this defense. If you missed the game, this isn’t some kind of sick joke. They really did this. They also got two sacks. This is what an offensive line looks like when it worksThe Lions offensive line gave Matthew Stafford all the time he needed on Sunday night. That’s a big reason why the Lions were able to move the ball so efficiently, and that is something the Lions have been missing for a long time. They also allowed the Lions to pick up 159 yards on the ground. Again, that’s something the Lions have had a big problem doing.They weren’t perfect though. They did allow Stafford to get sacked that one time. But worse, they committed a lot of penalties that just continue to hurt the Lions offense after they make a big play. This is theme that needs to end. Really, that’s my only complaint of the night.Matt Patricia’s first win is a signature oneI can’t tell you how the rest of this season is going to go. The Lions might lose every game from here on out for all we know. But what I can tell you is that this has to make Lions fans feel a whole hell of a lot better than they’ve been feeling the last two weeks. Think about it. This guy went out and out-coached his former boss and embarrassed him on national television. Matt Patricia became a Jedi on Sunday night when he defeated the biggest Sith Lord of them all. Only time will tell if Patricia is Luke Skywalker or if he’s his worthless father pre-loss of limbs and cosmetic surgery. Well if Bill Belichick is in fact Darth Vader, he’s got sand in a place he really doesn't want to have it tonight. I’m talking about his oxygen supply line. Get your heads out of the gutter. The Sweetest Of WinsWelcome back Lions fans. Your pain of the last weeks is more than likely completely gone. Again, we don’t know what’s going to happen in the upcoming weeks. But right now, go ahead a strut into work on Monday morning. Go ahead and tell your boss that you’re going to get a job like his one day and embarrass him at the company picnic. Go ahead and dance the dance of victory. Right now, there is no better song to dance to than this one.